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[UPDATED] NY Mag Hit With DDOS Attack After Publishing Cosby Cover Story


New York Magazine has been hit with a DDoS attack that has downed their site shortly after they published a massive story about Billy Cosby’s numerous accusers; ironically, the hacker behind the attack alleges that he attacked the site for unrelated reasons. The perpetrator, who goes by “ThreatKing,” intended to target “stupid people at [sic] New York,” including the staffers and readers of New York Magazine, as well as the rest of the city.

The selfishness of attacking a journalistic outlet, particularly one with a recent story devoted to telling a story that has been repeatedly buried, betrays the immature intentions of this would-be vigilante. It would be nice to be able to laugh at such a cowardly and pathetic move on the part of this “ThreatKing” character, but given that his impulsive actions have successfully silenced such an important story, it’s hard to crack a smile about it. Here’s hoping that New York Magazine‘s website gets back on its feet soon, and that their cover story becomes available once more.

UPDATE: New York Magazine’s website has returned!

(via The Daily Dot, image via New York Magazine)

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